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04-26-2007, 10:46 PM
 Location: Foot of the Rockies 85,052 posts, read 99,018,950 times Reputation: 31544

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My ex ranted on so much about this, I really don't care a lot. I just got back from Europe and I will say this about metric: measuring in kilometers makes the numbers too large. 1 km = .6 mi. Something that is 10 km away is really 6 miles, 100 km is 60 mi. Sounds so much farther, LOL. And temperature measurement #s are too small. "The temperature outside is 20 degrees." Which is about 68 -69.

04-26-2007, 11:20 PM
 Location: Greater Houston 4,549 posts, read 8,623,349 times Reputation: 2105
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 Originally Posted by pittnurse70 My ex ranted on so much about this, I really don't care a lot. I just got back from Europe and I will say this about metric: measuring in kilometers makes the numbers too large. 1 km = .6 mi. Something that is 10 km away is really 6 miles, 100 km is 60 mi. Sounds so much farther, LOL. And temperature measurement #s are too small. "The temperature outside is 20 degrees." Which is about 68 -69.
Same could be said for miles. After all try walking 2 miles. Then walk 2 km. Which distance makes your feet hurt? Remember that when you drive those 2 mi to the store. It is not that close at all!!!

About temperature, can the average person feel the difference between 68 F and 69 F; a 1 F difference? But the average person can feel the difference of 1 C. 20 C and 21 C feel so different from each other. Fahrenheit made many mistakes made in making his system. It is unscientfic because it has no constant measure. Celsius uses water, Fahrenheit uses ____? Body temperature was supposed to be 100 F but it became 98.6 F since he was having a fever while calibrating his scale.

04-26-2007, 11:24 PM
 Location: Greater Houston 4,549 posts, read 8,623,349 times Reputation: 2105
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 Originally Posted by elfyum THANK YOU!!!!!!!! SAY NO TO METRIC!!!!!!!! I will be the first to start petitions if we go that far!!! It's bad enough no one speaks freakin English anymore - now you wanna change our entire measurement system?????!!!!! Can anyone say NWO????????!!!!!!!!! Dear LORD this is scary!!!!!!
Sing with me now:
God Save OUR gracioius QUEEN! God Save our Gracious Queen! God Save our Queen!...

--Stomp out monarchy!!! Use METRIC!

BTW Are you a loyalist Tory?

04-27-2007, 08:41 AM
 Location: Hopewell New Jersey 1,393 posts, read 6,918,317 times Reputation: 1010
Kerrtown FYI

Fahrenheit was a "naturalist" so he tried to choose reference points that had to do with nature. His body temp set point of 100 was as you correctly said off by just a bit BTW zero on the Fahrenheit scale was set to the coldest temperature that he could produce with an ice/salt mixture.. ( like when freezing home made ice cream..rock salt & ice).

04-27-2007, 09:39 AM
 Location: Perth, Western Australia 9,595 posts, read 22,953,643 times Reputation: 3492
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 Originally Posted by KerrTown Sing with me now: God Save OUR gracioius QUEEN! God Save our Gracious Queen! God Save our Queen!... --Stomp out monarchy!!! Use METRIC! BTW Are you a loyalist Tory?
England uses metric. "Stomp out the monarchy" by not switching.

04-27-2007, 01:50 PM
 Location: Wisconsin 33 posts, read 112,322 times Reputation: 13
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 Originally Posted by ColdCanadian But only Europeans want to know their own height and weight in metric.

ohhh dude sorry u r wrong

all the world use the metric units ... east asia, europe, middle east, africa, south america ........ alllll the world use the metric but the US

04-27-2007, 06:08 PM
 Location: Perth, Western Australia 9,595 posts, read 22,953,643 times Reputation: 3492
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 Originally Posted by Fuse_5a ohhh dude sorry u r wrong all the world use the metric units ... east asia, europe, middle east, africa, south america ........ alllll the world use the metric but the US
It was a joke!

Canada is metric, and generally speaking, nobody besides certain competitive athletes cares what their height or weight in metric.

Even new immigrants often learn to adopt feet and inches for informally describing personal heights, weights and even building dimensions.

New homes here advertise road frontage width (land meeting the road) in feet.

Why I brought this up is because the U.S. is similar to Canada and your country would probably experience metric similarly to us.

04-28-2007, 12:34 AM
 Location: FL 1,318 posts, read 5,308,250 times Reputation: 910
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 Originally Posted by ColdCanadian England uses metric. "Stomp out the monarchy" by not switching.
Thank you ColdCan! Whoever wrote that unintelligible post is a - fill in the blank...

Quote:
 Originally Posted by M Type X There is nothing bad about water fluoridation.
I sincerely hope you're joking! If not booooooy is someone naive!!!

04-28-2007, 09:47 AM
 Location: Perth, Western Australia 9,595 posts, read 22,953,643 times Reputation: 3492
Does anyone care about Canada's experiences with the metric system, or am I just tooting my own horn?

04-28-2007, 12:16 PM
 Location: Foot of the Rockies 85,052 posts, read 99,018,950 times Reputation: 31544
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 Originally Posted by ColdCanadian Does anyone care about Canada's experiences with the metric system, or am I just tooting my own horn?
I think it's interesting. It's what I experienced in Canada. Europe, on the other hand, seems to have completely adapted, at least in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany.
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